Today Ive read that Staples will have 3D Printing. Then I read that South Africa will print airplanes in Titanium and then I read that the UK has developed Titanium that is 1/10 the cost.
I like this, I find it exciting. Ill be buying my 3D Printer in April. I can envision a world where whatever we want will be sold for 99 cents, just like an app.
” I can envision a world where whatever we want will be sold for 99 cents, just like an app.”
That world is well into the future, At this point in time, most 3-D printers can only print one material at a time, or only one material (ink) period - usually a plastic. If you move to printers that are capable of a wider range of materials - say metals or glass, then the costs skyrocket as do the economic limitations for their adoption. The market for 3-D printing regardless of the constant flow of uninformed media hype is still almost exclusively limited plastic prototyping. It isn’t going to threaten Chinese manufacturing, it isn’t going to create weapons, it isn’t going to build anything that is multi-material and complex - or compete with existing cheaper and faster mass manufacturing processes.
What do you think you will buy?